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Social Renewal

Articles giving evidence and insights into social issues and activities of churches in our communities in the UK and overseas.


Banquet 492
The banquet 
There was once a man who threw a great dinner party and invited many. When it was time for dinner, he sent out his servant to the invited guests, saying, ‘Come on in; the food’s on the table.’ More ...
A mural by Hyatt Moore
Love 492
If you give a little love 
Little acts of kindness multiply... More ...
Geoff Knott
Liverpool 492
City transformation - Liverpool 
15 years ago, a prayer group started firstly to meet with the police and pray about the city. They began to release the blessing of God. More ...
From a video from the World Prayer Centre
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Café Church 
Two examples of church communities using high street cafés and the relationships that are formed. More ...
From material from Church of Scotland and Kahaila
Bubbles 492
What bubble have you built around you?
People have a bias to hang out with people like themselves and keep separate from others. More ...
From a Tedx talk by Jon Yates
Generation 492
Generation rising 
In an age of globalisation, rapid change and hyper-connectivity, what do aspiring young leaders want the future to look like? More ...
From a blog by Common Vision
Practice 492
Christians in Practice 
Research exploring how Christians connect their discipleship to their engagement in communities. Activities, motivation, connections to calling, growth, support. More ...
From a report by the Saltley Trust
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Piggy Bank Friday 
An initiative in primary schools with 10-11 year olds to develop financial literacy. At one school. pupils saved over £24,000 in one year. More ...
From an article by Edutopia
Success 492
The success sequence 
Divergent paths toward adulthood are associated with markedly different economic fortunes among Millennials. More ...
From a report by AEI and IFS
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The dignity of work 
Inherent in who we are as humans is the need for a person to contribute to his or her family or neighbourhood or culture in a discernible way. More ...
Geoff Knott
thrive 492
Factors which contribute to thriving 
Research has identified two lists of key factors, internal and external, that facilitate thriving. More ...
From a study by Dr Daniel Brown and others
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Participatory Budgeting - 2  
Four Church of Scotland congregations had £5,000 each to distribute and a total of 28 community projects were funded. More ...
Geoff Knott
Stress 492
How the rich differ from the poor - 2 
The poor earn less, not out of incompetency, but because they must allocate mental capacity to problems that are more pressing to them than to the rich. More ...
From a blog by Adam Turville
Antenna 492
How the rich differ from the poor - 1
How does the division between the wealthy and the poor affect the social aspects of our society? Are the wealthy truly invested in the poor and do they care? More ...
From a blog by Adam Turville
HBR 492
4 lessons from the longest-running study on happiness 
The Harvard Study of Adult Development has tracked the lives of 724 men for 78 years - one of the longest studies of adult life ever done. Some findings.. More ...
From a TED talk by psychiatrist Robert J. Waldinge
Arts 492
Improving health and wellbeing through the Arts 
Arts therapies have been found to alleviate anxiety, depression and stress while increasing resilience and wellbeing. More ...
From a report by the APPG on Arts, Health and Well
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Participatory Budgeting - 1
Expanding the imagination about democracy could help to focus resources on the projects that are most meaningful to local communities. More ...
From an article by Jake Carlson, Participatory Bud
Hosting 492
Hosting Toolkit - migrants experiencing destitution 
A how-to guide helping members of the public provide spare rooms to migrants experiencing destitution. More ...
From an announcement by NACCOM
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Transformation Rosario Argentina 
In 2011, Barrio Las Flores in Rosario, Argentina, was overrun by battling drug cartels. Then Gregorio Avalos, a Christian, ran for president of the neighbourhood association and won by four votes. More ...
From a book Ekklesia by Ed Silvoso
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British Social Attitudes Survey 34 
Every BSA survey seeks to look beyond the headlines to uncover the deeper attitudes and trends that shape our country. This year is no different. More ...
From Key Findings BSA 34
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Summer in the Forest 
This poetic film follows the life of the L’Arche community in France, where people have found what it truly means to be human. More ...
Geoff Knott
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Healing on the Streets 
The story of the church powerfully expressing God’s love in the market place in Husby, Stockholm as they reached out to the lost and hurting on the streets. More ...
From a blog by Mark Marx, leader HOTS
Action 492
Actions speak louder than words 
A study shows that the more that people were exposed to faith-based actions, the higher their religiosity and the more certain they were of God’s existence. More ...
Geoff Knott
Runners 492
The Race 
An encouraging and inspiring reminder of the race we are running as portrayed in Hebrews 12v1-3. More ...
From a video by Simon Guillebaud
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Calling People of Goodwill 
A compact, pocket-sized booklet helping thoughtful Christians of all traditions to explore the common good in the Bible. More ...
Geoff Knott
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Top hits playlist
God seems to be at work through popular songs that either tap into the desire to worship that is in each of us or show something of God's love for us. More ...
Geoff Knott
holbeck 492
'Jesus is close to the poor and dwells among the broken hearted and down trodden' 
Christians moved into Holbeck - the most deprived area in Leeds 9 years ago. Their experience.. More ...
From a blog by Catalyst Network
Vital 492
What matters to you? - a new vital sign
We all have vital signs - heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature. However there is a new vital sign about compassion, about care. More ...
From a talk by Jason Leitch, National Clinical Dir
Marriage 492
Marriage - a profound mystery 
A beautiful 3 minute film that reminds us of Jesus and his bride, the Church and the gospel. More ...
From a blog by Think Theology
Fundraising 492
Fundraising toolkits 
The Diocese of London has produced a set of guides for churches to use to engage their congregations and communities or apply to trusts and foundations for support. More ...
From resources provided by The Diocese of London
poverty premium 492
The poverty premium 
Research into eight types of poverty premium that households experience to varying degrees at an average of £490pa. More ...
From a report by Bristol University
Snakes and Ladders 492
Snakes and Ladders 
A way of exploring the process of leaving prostitution in a workshop setting More ...
From a report by Beyond the Streets
Doing Good 492
Doing good does you good 
It’s often said that it’s better to give than receive but did you know that this is actually backed up by research? More ...
From a publication by The Mental Health Foundation
wanderland 492
Window Wanderland 
Imagine your neighbourhood’s ordinary windows transformed into an outdoor gallery and all generations coming together in a fun, creative way. More ...
Geoff Knott
Refresh 492
Refresh - Fresh Expressions
Church for people right where they are in the middle of everyday life. More ...
From a video by Fresh Expressions
faith 492
Faith in Dark Places 
The gospel may not only be good news to the poor but it may be good news from the poor. Through them God often chooses to show his creative love for the world. More ...
A book by David Rhodes
Learning 492
Good practice for spiritual development with people with learning disabilities 
Practical steps to take to ensure that the spiritual aspirations of people with learning disabilities are met. More ...
From report by Caritas Westminster, St Joseph’s Pa
Assets 492
Assets not Burdens: using church property to accelerate mission  
A Centre for Theology and Community report on research into how  churches of all denominations use their buildings in one London Borough. More ...
From a Centre for Theology & Community report
Godbehindbars 492
God Behind Bars 
Churches are streaming services into prisons. Family members of prisoners can watch the same service at the same time - attend 'church' together. More ...
Mechanic 492
Something exponential is possible when we release what we have been given to steward 
The story about how the church in Chicago came to be giving 200 cars away a year. More ...
From a video by Gospel Patrons
Andy and Nigel 492
Leading a church to minister with people experiencing poverty
Interviews with a church leader on changes in practice, identifying ministries, governance, partnership, money. More ...
From a series of blogs by Nigel Ring
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The rich history of gospel work among the poorest
Some people may wonder if the gospel really will work in places that are deprived by our world standards. History and scripture tell us otherwise. More ...
From an article by 20schemes
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Building a culture of justice in your church
Nancy Ortberg talks about how to build a culture in your church which attracts non-believers to Christ. More ...
From a talk by Nancy Ortberg
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Couples relationship quality higher if both or just man attends services
What is the association between regular religious attendance and relationship quality for married and unmarried couples? More ...
From research by The Institute of Family Studies U
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Relationships and good health the key to happiness, not income 
Results of a study of the Origins of Happiness, analysing survey data from four countries. What were the findings? More ...
from an article by LSE
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Memory Café
Memory Café is run by St Cuthbert's Church, Wembley and helps the elderly and lonely who live locally. By doing this, the church has been able to create a real presence in the community and has grown. More ...
From an article by the London Diocese
NPC Difference 492
What a difference a faith makes
New Philanthropy Capital published a report in November 2016 entitled, 'What a difference a faith makes: Insights on faith-based charities'. What were the key findings? More ...
From a report by NPC
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Cook an extra plate for a neighbour
Volunteers share extra portions of home-cooked food with people in their area who aren’t always able to cook for themselves. They share once a week, once a month, or whenever works best for them. More ...
Geoff Knott
Happiness 492
The Happiness Course
Everyone wants to be happy… yet what exactly is happiness? A short course which connects with your community whilst being a safe place to explore tough issues. More ...
Geoff Knott
Megachurches 492
Megachurches and social engagement in London
Initial results of a three year study investigating the nature of social engagement among London’s very largest churches. What are the findings? More ...
from a report by Edward Cadbury Centre
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Church for the poor - strategies to engage people experiencing poverty
Churches in the survey were asked what strategies, if any, they using to reach people experiencing poverty. There were large differences in areas of least and most deprivation. More ...
Geoff Knott
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Church of the poor - the barrier of middle class church
As part of the Church of Poor survey, we asked ‘What do you feel most hinders you becoming a church for (and of) the poor?’. What themes emerged? More ...
Geoff Knott
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Church for the poor - 'poor focused' activities
Could there be some insights into being ‘a church for the poor’ by looking at the social action activities of churches in least deprived areas versus those in most deprived? More ...
Geoff Knott
curve 492
Are you an early adopter or a laggard?
What next for church social initiatives, community franchises? A look at their spread and what could or should be next. More ...
Geoff Knott
Mental Health 2 492
10 ways to look after your mental health 
The Mental Health Foundation promotes good mental health for all. As part of this work they publish helpful guides. One of these is 'How to look after your Mental Health'. More ...
From The Mental Health Foundation
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Mission and ministry in deprived areas
The Diocese of Bristol provides ministry that serves and reaches out to some of the most deprived areas of the country in both Bristol and Swindon. Here are some insights about church on the Penhill and Pinehurst estates in Swindon. More ...
From CofE Diocese of Bristol
Link Chain 492
Engaging with your local authority and other partners  
Commission have published a very useful guide on lessons learned and recommendations for 'Engaging with your local authority and other partners'. More ...
From a report by Commission church network
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God and money films plus study guides
Just Finance have published four short videos on what the Bible says about money and how does Christian tradition help us think about money and debt. More ...
Just Finance Foundation
Cormac Russell 492
Sustainable community development: from what's wrong to what's strong
How can we help people to live a good life? Instead of trying to right what's wrong within a community, start with what's strong. More ...
A TEDx talk by Cormac Russell, MD of Nuture Develo
Cooking 492
Beyond foodbanks
The Scottish government recently announced 21 project awards totalling £900,000 from their Fair Food Transformation Fund. This fund supports initiatives across the country that are seeking to reduce reliance on emergency food aid. More ...
Geoff Knott
Strength 492
The inner strength of troubled neighbourhoods
"This work is all about helping people to recognize that they are capable of great things, and helping them accomplish them. People can make a difference." More ...
From an August 2016 article by David Bornstein
4Children 492
Families in Britain - 6 themes
What is daily life really like for Britain’s families? 4Children began to dig deeper into the hopes, fears and aspirations of our country’s families. Their report identified six themes More ...
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Using video to aid transformational action 
Time and again, we have seen the impact video can have, not just for large brands, but for charities too, no matter the size. When produced well, video has the power to emotionally move people More ...
Debra Sobel, film director, Vanilla Films
Church Growth 492
Church growth in east London: a grassroots view 
This report with research from 13 local church leaders illustrates the challenges and opportunities of church growth in mainly deprived communities across east London. More ...
From a report by The Centre of Theology and Commun
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Mission Shaped Buildings 
There is a profound shift taking place in the UK as churches begin to engage with the real needs of the community around them. This is manifesting itself in the design of church buildings to properly resource the work and reimagine church. More ...
Kelvin Sampson
Faith and Well Being 492
Active faith is key factor in increased well-being  
Theos recently published a report on Religion and Well-being:Assessing the evidence. They looked at nearly 140 studies on the relationship between religion and well-being and uniquely tried to reach More ...
Geoff Knott
BOOP 492
Bridges Out of Poverty
A resource to help you be a church for the poor? Middle class understandings of those who work with people in poverty are often ill-suited for connecting with and helping people build up resources and rise out of poverty. More ...
Geoff Knott
MOUP 492
The Myth of the Undeserving Poor
On the 30th July 2016, Martin Charlesworth of Jubilee+ and co-author of The Myth of The Undeserving Poor presented the findings and biblical reflections from the book at an event organised by CapitalMass in London. More ...
Geoff Knott
Poor report 492
What does it mean to be a poor church, for the poor? 
Church Action on Poverty published a report in June 2016 with contributions from thinkers and leaders of many denominations on Pope Francis' call “I want a Church that is poor and for the poor”. More ...
Geoff Knott
Ivybridge 492
Reflections on justice and compassion
CapitalMass have produced some very short videos of Christians on the frontline reflecting on Compassion and Justice. Something for small groups to reflect on? More ...
Geoff Knott
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Transformation Cuidad Juarez - 3
Following on from my last blog regarding about the transformation that is on-going in Cuidad Juarez, here is an update on what has happened in the city: More ...
Geoff Knott
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Transformation Cuidad Juarez - 2
In Mexico, in Cuidad Juarez, after the city was touched, they still had a problem with schools. One-thousand schools. The pastor Poncho Morguia went to the school superintendent. He asked this lady, "Would you give me ten schools, More ...
Geoff Knott
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Transformation Cuidad Juarez - 1
Ed Silvoso recently told the story of Poncho Murguia, a pastor in Cuidad Juarez, a city on the Mexican-USA border, who, obeying God, stepped out of his church role and set out to transform his city - the murder capital of the world. More ...
Geoff Knott
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God and money - money, scripture and tradition
Second of a series of 4 short films from To Your Credit. Leading theologians reflect how the Church has developed its teaching on debt, money and credit over the last two thousand years. More ...
Geoff Knott
HodgeHill 492
Church of the poor: Turning the world upside-down 
A church for the poor. Not just a food bank for the poor, debt advice for the poor, campaigning for the poor, an ESOL class, a financial literacy session, a cooking group, a gardening club for the poor… A church for the poor More ...
Liam Purcell
Random Acts 492
Carry a generosity kit with you
A generosity kit could be as big as a suitcase or as small as your back pocket. The idea is just that you face the day prepared – with a kit of items that could range from a safety pin to a shovel, ready to give out generously to those in need. More ...
Geoff Knott
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Francis Chan shares about ministry to the poor in San Francisco
Francis shares in this 2 minute video about how different it is to make disciples with the down-and-out in San Francisco. More ...
Geoff Knott
Volunteer 492
Working well with volunteers
The Church Urban Fund has published some great resources on 'Working Well With Volunteers' to help guide churches and church-based organisations. "Churches vary enormously in resources - human and otherwise - but they all rely on volunteers. More ...
Information presented by the Church Urban Fund
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goHenry - a fun way to pay pocket money and teach good money habits?
goHenry is a Pre-paid Card and App with unique parental controls for young people aged 8 to 18. It was founded by a group of parents, designed specifically with the goal of helping young More ...
Geoff Knott
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God and money film - money, debt and salvation
First of a series of 4 short films from To Your Credit, Justin Welby and leading theologians reflect on the theology of money and debt. A guide for small group discussion accompanies each film, including key bible More ...
Geoff Knott
Housing estate 492
'Every effective renewal movement has started with the poor'
In March 2016, the Bishop of Burnley spoke about urban estates at a conference. Some very thought provoking excerpts: "Our task as the Church is the transformation of a nation More ...
Geoff Knott
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Life changing buildings
Life changing buildings are those which are instruments, vehicles, tools for community transformation. Well-­conceived buildings begin with a comprehensive understanding of the function they serve. Architects may design incredible spaces, eye-­catching More ...
Kelvin Sampson
Love Sweat Tears 492
Love, sweat and tears - 5 church plants in east London
The Centre for Theology and Community has just published research on five church plants undertaken in east London through the Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) Network.The churches were planted over a ten year period More ...
The Centre for Theology & Community
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A stable home for the poorest families
In February 2016, the Centre for Social Justice published a significant piece of research ‘Home Improvements’ containing a series of recommendations to help the Government develop a coherent housing strategy for low-income households. More ...
Geoff Knott
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4 basic rules to help you avoid poverty
Fraser Nelson recently published a fascinating article about key factors of people who prosper. Those who observe them are highly unlikely to end up in poverty. Those who break them are unlikely to avoid it. More ...
Geoff Knott
Counting the cost of family fa
Cost of family breakdown reaches record high
In February 2016, the Relationships Foundation updated their annual “Cost of Family Failure Index”. It reveals that the 2016 cost of family breakdown to the taxpayer has increased for the seventh year in a row More ...
Geoff Knott
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